Jean Pendaries moved from France and settled in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He built and operated the Plaza Hotel until 1875 and then sold the hotel and began buying property at Rociada. Originally, he built a saw mill, a grist mill and a homestead. Jean’s daughter married into the Baca family, and they became the patrons of the 5,000 acre Baca ranch.

C.D. (Toad) Leon purchased the ranch in the 1950s and began breeding Appaloosa horses. He was later credited with reviving the breed’s popularity. His energy and conviviality, along with his legendary horse auctions, attracted visitors to the area. He designed and built a private 12-hole golf course to entertain friends. Several friends expressed a desire to live in the area so Leon platted Pendaries Village so they could build vacation homes. The present community of over 230 homes evolved from there, many with year-round residents. Today, the community-owned resort facilities offer outstanding value to property owners. Homes and home sites are available, many with spectacular mountain views and secluded woodland settings. A lodge, vacation rentals, RV park, second home or primary home, Pendaries is a sanctuary tucked in the foothills of the Rockies.


In addition to abundant wildlife, Pendaries residents and guests enjoy an active outdoor life, including a challenging 18-hole, high elevation public golf course.

Before or after an invigorating round of golf, breakfast, lunch, and cocktails can be enjoyed on the open-air covered patio of the clubhouse overlooking the first fairway with its views of the distant mountains. The Pendaries Golf Course along with the Pro Shop, 19th Hole Snack Bar, and driving range are open from late April to mid-October.


The 18-room lodge is close to the golf course. Each room includes either a front or rear deck area for enjoying the surrounding forest and views. And if you just can’t quite break away completely from the rat race, each room has free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Three of the rooms are pet-friendly to accommodate furry companions. Also, Pendaries has private mountain homes available to rent for families and larger groups.

With an average daily temperature of 75 degrees, Pendaries is the perfect getaway from the summer heat. Pendaries also offers resort amenities such as Yoga classes and personal massages. Current schedule and rate information is available at the Lodge office.

If you are traveling with an RV, the Pendaries RV Park is located across from Pendaries Village’s main entrance on NM105. This privately owned facility has 50 spacious full hook-up sites and two lovely cottages available. Please call (505) 454-8304 for information or go to

Pendaries also has facilities and services for holding catered special events like private parties, family reunions, receptions, conferences, retreats, and artist workshops. And small wedding ceremonies can be held in the charming old log chapel.

Deer grazing at Pendaries golf course near Rociada

Perfectly active for all lifestyles

Outdoor activities include hiking trails, horse shoes, tether ball, ping pong, a paved basketball area/pickle ball court, and an 18-basket disc golf course. Horseback trail riding is also available at a local private ranch.

Hiking on Pendaries Village roads, national forest roads, and lightly traveled county roads take you along streams, spring-to-fall wildflowers, and varied habitat for birds and wildlife. Longer trails go to Lost Lake, Upper Maestas Canyon, Lone Pine Mesa, Skyline Ridge and, most challenging of all, Gascon Point at 11,600’.

Biking on the paved and good gravel roads that extend into Maestas, Gascon, and Sapello Canyons is a great way to see the beauty of the area’s historic chapels, homes, ranches, and vistas.

There is a private Class A fishing pond at Pendaries. The 1.5 acre Spring Lake is stocked each spring with trout, bass, and bluegill. Residents and registered guests can try their luck fishing on the banks of the lake. Purchase passes from the lodge.

Pendaries Village schedules outdoor concerts, art shows, farmers’ markets, and other special community and holiday events throughout the year. The Community Center hosts community events, such as meetings, workshops, classes, and art shows.

Pendaries is located only half an hour north from Las Vegas, New Mexico. Both Santa Fe and Taos are only an hour and a half away, offering additional sightseeing, shopping, and skiing destinations in the area.

A Mountain Lodge & Golf Resort
31 Lodge Road
Rociada NM 87742
(505) 425-3561

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